Horse Racing

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Derby Day Best Bets

    For the past 139 years, on the first Saturday in May, women have donned obnoxiously large hats and sipped mint juleps, men have bet their hard earned money, and three-year-old thoroughbreds have sped down a track in Louisville, Kentucky in an attempt to claim the biggest prize in horse racing. The ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    Kishi Bashi

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Your 2012 Kentucky Derby Party Soundtrack And Geography

    Now is the time for all good cultured TV-owners with new apartments to show off to hold 2012 Kentucky Derby parties and try to remember to call it, while sipping what they hope to be a mint julep, the 138th renewal. In fact, it might be a little late--no doubt Mike Shannon is already "on assignment. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Windfall for Fairmount Park; Weathered Horse Track To Get Estimated $14 Million

    Last time we ventured to Fairmount Park in '09, the JumboTron was in much need of repair.​The long legal battle between Illinois horse tracks and casinos is over. After losing an appeal and failing to get a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois casinos said goodbye this week to $141 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Devon Alexander and Fairmount Park: A Guide to A Saturday Gambling Bender

    Image sourceHopefully Devon "The Great" Alexander doesn't KO the local gamblers. ​The sweet science and the sport of kings. They are hands-down the two greatest sports on which to gamble. Both of them are coming to St. Louis tomorrow, live and in full effect. Devon Alexander will take on Andriy Ko ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Photos: The 2010 Kentucky Derby Party at the Royale on Kingshighway

    To be sure, there were more than a few good places to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Photographer Lee Harris shows the scene at the Royale on Kingshighway. The restaurant-and-bar held its fifth-annual Derby party, complete with live music, (Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three) and a "best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    5 Places to Watch the 2010 Kentucky Derby in St. Louis

    ​The Kentucky Derby is described as the most exciting two minutes in sports. But as exciting as it may be, not everybody is willing to make the drive to Louisville for a two-minute race. If you're looking for a place to watch the race in St. Louis -- maybe drink a few Mint Juleps or sport that fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Illinois Proposes Law to Prevent Labor Lockouts At Fairmount Park

    Horse racing fans celebrated yesterday like a gambler who just hit the daily double. A last-minute deal was reached to allow Fairmount Park to host 52 days of live racing in 2010, as opposed to the three days the track was stuck with after a prolonged labor dispute.It's not exactly a full schedule ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Jackpot! Last Minute Deal Saves Fairmount Park's 2010 Season

    Just got off the phone with Lanny Brooks, director of the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association. He confirmed the early reports that Fairmount Park will indeed host 52 days of horse racing in 2010, a full schedule.Image Via​The announcement was made official at a 1:30 p.m. pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Fairmount Park Could Cash $7-Million Ticket Today

    Image via​The owners of Fairmount Park might as well have hit a superfecta, a quadrella, and a pick four in the same afternoon of betting -- the jackpot they're about to cash-in is just that huge.Today, after nearly three years of legal wrangling, the area's only horse track will likely finally re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Latest Panacea for Fairmount Park: Internet Gambling

    ​After trying for years to get slot machines at tracks, the Illinois horse-racing community is hoping the next-best thing will help the troubled industry. Yesterday the Illinois Racing Board legalized online gambling for horse racing. As the Belleville News-Democrat reports this morning, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Now That Fairmount Park Is In Line for $7 Million Bailout, Will It Finally Fix Its JumboTron?

    Good news horse-racing fans. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal filed by four Chicago-area casinos over a special fund established to help horse racing. The fund, passed into law in 2006, required Illinois' four biggest casinos (all located near Chicago) to set aside part ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 11, 2008

    Paint the Earth

    The Sky Music Lounge
    930 Kehrs Mill Road, Ballwin

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008
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    May 2, 2008
  • Calendar

    April 23, 2008

    Mr. Ed-sident

    A little presidential horseplay

  • Music

    September 19, 2007

    Brighton, MA

    7 p.m. Friday, September 21. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

  • News

    May 2, 2007

    In It to Win It

    Unreal talks ponies with a true racing expert, learns some things about mowing (severed toes are bad) and receives a particularly biting Commontary.

  • News

    April 25, 2007

    River Front Times Wins Again!

    (The horse, not the paper.)

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007
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    April 18, 2007
  • News

    March 14, 2007

    On a Horse and a Prayer

    Unreal prays, then bets it all on our namesake equine. Then, we get schooled in vocab by a fifteen-year-old.

  • News

    May 11, 2005


    Unreal stands up for stooping and encounters a local blogger who only has eyes for the Tampon Fairy. Plus, in a shocking move not seen since the Mesozoic era, the Mississippi River leaves St. Louis!

  • Calendar

    March 30, 2005

    The Year of the Izzo

    Championship prediction: Big Ten dark horse gallops to victory

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Jockey

    Ramsey Zimmerman

  • News

    September 15, 2004

    Shipping Blues

    Fairmount Park's owner can't squander his prize filly's talent on home turf

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2004

    Budweiser/ MDA Poker Classic

    A good time is in the cards

  • News

    May 12, 2004

    Nags to Riches

    A late push for slot machines in Springfield may be Fairmount Park's silver bullet

  • Dining

    May 5, 2004

    Mint Julep

    Churchill Downs, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-636-4400

  • News

    April 28, 2004

    Where's Florissant?

    Some Lou denizens feel dissed by Miss USA (but Unreal still loves her!), a Pattonville student is treated criminally, and an 84-year-old grandma praises the Rams in song; plus, we clock local athletes on our gaydar

  • Dining

    March 17, 2004


    Monarch, 7401 Manchester Avenue, 314-644-3995

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Thoroughbred Trainers

    Ralph and Raul Martinez

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2003

    Of Mice & Lions

    Local rodents psych themselves up for the Cheese Hill Downs

  • News

    June 4, 2003

    One-Track Mind

    On top of old Fairmount: Collinsville's humble racecourse is home to one of the nation's winningest Thoroughbred owners

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2003

    Painting While Intoxicated

    Plein air party in Augusta

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002